Sunday Sayings – The Self

A child is like an axe; even if it hurts, you still carry them on your shoulders.

Finnish Proverb

Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog, now ‘Sunday Sayings.I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.

These wise words offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings – The Self

  1. Hah! I love the ax comparison. So true, they can also cut deep and have sharp tongues, but keep you warm – firewood, I know I’m stretching it – in the cold. O.K. it’s handed over, what will you do with it?

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    • The Finnish proverb will sit in my mind for a short while. I selected it because it grabbed my attention and help me relate to something in my own life. I agree with your interpretation. Children’s actions can often cut deep and thoughts of them constantly keep me warm, although I rarely need warming up as I live in the subtropics and it is darn hot here right now! No firewood needed these days. I used to actually have a fireplace in a previous house and it was delightful in winter – even though we only used it for a few weeks. I so enjoyed it.

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    • Why yes you could, Ju-Lyn. The proverb could just as well work with things that are priceless. Things such as children or a solid friend are some things that we readily make a sacrifice for because, ironically we selfishly want them near and dear to us. We don’t want to lose them or see them suffer. Is that what you meant?

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    • Thanks very much for your comment, Moon. When I think about the Shaw quote, I think, we all find ourselves in some way, but some are much more pro-active than others at finding out. Some might only give it a passing thought while others contemplate just where they are going and who they are, frequently. I think keeping ourselves open to the possibilities of life will mean sometimes we surprise ourselves at what we can do and thus who we are. If we maintain a narrow mind, nothing much will change. And that’ll mean stagnation! Who wants that?

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